posted on Apr, 11 2017 @ 05:24 PM
a reply to: I1Am1Ready1Are1You
Seems like a slimdown harrier to me
Keep in mind the Harrier AV-8B weighs 13,968 lb, the F-35B weighs 32,300 lb. The fuel capacity of the F-35B is similar to the empty weight of an
I would describe the F-35 as being a stealthy F-16 or classic F/A-18 permanently configured for A2G in terms of fuel capacity, targeting pods, and
available hardpoints, yet having much more advanced avionics.
I think the concept of the program is a mistake. It's a tri-service aircraft, with a huge amount of capabilities and new technologies in the aircraft
from the beginning rather than an incremental approach, gives Lockheed Martin a monopoly, and has a huge amount of concurrency which means it's being
fielded in large numbers before development is complete. With that said it's also extremely advanced and with the F-35A coming in at a similar cost to
4th generation fighters it's actually not terrible value. Obviously though, if we produced 4th generation fighters at the rate the F-35A is planned to
be built at, their cost would come down quiet a lot. One has to wonder though - what would the F-35 look like if the concept did not include these
mistakes. Either way, too late to change it now.
edit on 11/4/17 by C0bzz because: (no reason given)